The CDC has removed tens of thousands of deaths connected to C-19. Among the removed deaths are a quarter of deaths it had listed in those under 18-year-old.
The health agency made the change on the data tracker website.
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“Data on deaths were adjusted after resolving a coding logic error. This resulted in decreased death counts across all demographic categories,” the CDC says on the site.
The CDC relied on states and other jurisdictions to report C-19 deaths and shared that the data isn’t complete.
The statistics are cited by doctors and others when pushing for vaccination, and they also include figures who believe virtually all children should be vaccinated.
The CDC’s director, Rochelle Walesky, cited a tracker’s death total in November 2021 while pushing for an expert panel to advise her agency to recommend vaccination for all children from the age of five to eleven.
CDC shared that 1,755 children died due to C-19, with 851,000 others. However, now the agency has updated the numbers, stating 416 kids have died due to C-19, and 71,000 others, arriving at a total number under 780,000.
“The update is an improvement, but it’s at least the third correction to this data and still does not solve the issue. It just highlights that people have been using a flawed source of data when discussing kids and COVID,” Krohnert told The Epoch Times in an email.
Journalists and doctors cited the tracker data, and others used a tally that’s managed by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, which has been described as more reliable.
The deaths in the tally include people who died with C-19 and those who died from C-19.
Some of the deaths shared by the CDC appear unrelated to C-19.
According to Dr. Alasdair Munro, the update on the tracker was great news, a clinical research fellow for pediatric infectious diseases.
Munro’s writing on social media called it “slightly worrying that this data was being used widely in the US to guide or advocate for policy.”
‘’ It’s outrageous to quietly footnote such a consequential error,” Jessica Adams, a former regulatory review officer at the Food and Drug Administration, tweeted.
“There is much complexity involved in all systems that are trying to track and summarize illness and death data, including differences in how data are collected and reported, completeness and accuracy of data, how timely data is entered into data collection systems and reported to CDC, and in the assumptions made, and procedures used to determine whether COVID-19 was the primary cause of death, a contributing cause of death, or not likely a contributing factor in someone’s death,” Glen Nowak, the former spokesperson, who is now an associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Georgia, told The Epoch Times in an email.
“It is thus not surprising that adjustments or revisions happen, including as a result of coding-related issues (e.g., recognizing, as more cases and information are provided, a better way to enter, analyze, and/or interpret the data existed).”